Pablo Picasso’s painting “Nude in a rocking chair” 1956, is a great representation of expressive modernism. As I have indulged into Modernism in the past few weeks it would be only fitting to describe what makes “Nude in a rocking chair” 1956, the oil painting,”modernist”.
From my knowledge, I currently understand Modernism to be a form of reacting to the dominant mode or tradition happening at the time. It also became an art of confrontation towards the current world and established a massive rejection of the 19th Century society and the art which appear in that period. When looking at “Nude in the rocking chair” 1956, anyone can get lost in it. Whether it could be due to utter confusion of the faceless figured female or the white body surrounded by dark strokes of black outlines contrasting the background with such vibrant and dominating colours. The absence of colour within the disintegrated female makes the image created to stand out. It expresses one’s inner beauty in a vastly driven and electric world.
Modernism was daring when talking about or indicating sexual references. This painting hints at Modernism’s rejection against Romanticism. The salient figures position expresses emotional tension as well as aggression and sexual presences. Through doing this Picasso breaks the conventions of what was accepted at the time as he positions the faceless figured female upon a chair made of rams horns which symbolise a sexual facade. Picasso always achieved the breaking of conventions of what was accepted. He did so by challenging what artists saw as able-bodied by creating a faceless persona revealing the inner most soul to it’s outermost beauty.